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Breve historia de Hernán Cortés

Breve historia de Hernán Cortés le permitirá descubrir la figura del genial conquistador que, para unos, llevó la semilla del Evangelio a tierras mexicanas y que para otros, en cambio, fue un bárbaro y un genocida. Más allá de la leyenda rosa y de la leyenda negra, una obra que permite descubrir los claroscuros del imperio español en América, con matices a veces sorprendentes. Conozca al héroe que llevó a cabo casi en solitario una gran gesta, aunque su victoria también se debe a miles de aliados indígenas. Un hombre que defendía la civilización mexica pero que no tuvo escrúpulos en enriquecerse con la explotación de los indios. Francisco Martínez Hoyos se acerca con objetividad a una figura mitificada o denostada con un conocimiento profundo de la documentación de la época, en la que se prima a los cronistas contemporáneos de los hechos. El autor no olvida poner de relieve la compleja personalidad de Cortés: un hombre aficionado a las emociones fuertes que da órdenes con tono mesurado y habla en voz baja; que posee una sensibilidad exquisita, lo cual no le impide cometer atrocidades sin que le tiemble el pulso; un hombre , en definitiva, imbuido de una mentalidad mesiánica, que se cree un elegido para la gloria y que no dudará en perseguir los honores y riquezas que cree merecer.

Breve historia de Hernán Cortés le permitirá descubrir la figura del genial conquistador que, para unos, llevó la semilla del Evangelio a tierras mexicanas y que para otros, en cambio, fue un bárbaro y un genocida. Más allá de la leyenda rosa y de la leyenda negra, una obra que permite descubrir los claroscuros del imperio español en América, con matices a veces sorprendentes. Conozca al héroe que llevó a cabo casi en solitario una gran gesta, aunque su victoria también se debe a miles de aliados indígenas. Un hombre que defendía la civilización mexica pero que no tuvo escrúpulos en enriquecerse con la explotación de los indios. Francisco Martínez Hoyos se acerca con objetividad a una figura mitificada o denostada con un conocimiento profundo de la documentación de la época, en la que se prima a los cronistas contemporáneos de los hechos. El autor no olvida poner de relieve la compleja personalidad de Cortés: un hombre aficionado a las emociones fuertes que da órdenes con tono mesurado y habla en voz baja; que posee una sensibilidad exquisita, lo cual no le impide cometer atrocidades sin que le tiemble el pulso; un hombre , en definitiva, imbuido de una mentalidad mesiánica, que se cree un elegido para la gloria y que no dudará en perseguir los honores y riquezas que cree merecer.

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Blackbird: perseguida

No sabes quién eres, pero ellos sí. Te despiertas en las vías del metro de Los Angeles, sin recordar nada. Tienes una mochila con ropa, mil dólares, un número de teléfonoy una orden muy clara: no llames a la policía. Mientras intentas descifrar tu identidad, te haces preguntas. ¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Por qué estás ahí? ¿Qué significa el tatuaje en tu muñeca con un pájaro negro y el código FNV02198? La única verdad es que están persiguiéndote para matarte. No tienes opción. Debes escapar. Y rápido…

No sabes quién eres, pero ellos sí. Te despiertas en las vías del metro de Los Angeles, sin recordar nada. Tienes una mochila con ropa, mil dólares, un número de teléfonoy una orden muy clara: no llames a la policía. Mientras intentas descifrar tu identidad, te haces preguntas. ¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Por qué estás ahí? ¿Qué significa el tatuaje en tu muñeca con un pájaro negro y el código FNV02198? La única verdad es que están persiguiéndote para matarte. No tienes opción. Debes escapar. Y rápido…

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Bajo la luna de Hawái

Una saga familiar con amores, enfrentamientos, luchas de poder, pasiones prohibidas, penalidades y dicha en la exótica y cambiante Hawái del siglo XIX. 

Emily es una de las primeras mujeres blancas en pisar la isla grande del archipiélago de Pacífico envuelto en misterio que, hace unos años, descubrió el capitán Cook. La joven esposa del reverendo Stone siente que todo lo que ve hiere su sensibilidad: las humildes chozas a la sombra de las palmeras, la actitud desinhibida de las nativas, las abominables costumbres y los ritos paganos. 

Con el paso de los meses, sin embargo, sus impresiones iniciales experimentan un vuelco gracias a la amistad que entabla con la sanadora Pua y con el capitán Mackenzie Farrow. El creciente deseo de mejorar la vida de los isleños sin condenar sus tradiciones y creencias a la desaparición convertirán a Emily en una mujer nueva. Su valentía y viaje emocional darán origen a una saga familiar estrechamente ligada a la vibrante historia de Hawái a lo largo del siglo XIX. 

Una historia cautivadora sobre la vida sencilla de los habitantes de una isla paradisíaca en tiempos convulsos. La aventura personal de dos mujeres inolvidables que dejaron atrás su vida y sus creencias para abrazar un futuro distinto. 

Una saga familiar con amores, enfrentamientos, luchas de poder, pasiones prohibidas, penalidades y dicha en la exótica y cambiante Hawái del siglo XIX. 

Emily es una de las primeras mujeres blancas en pisar la isla grande del archipiélago de Pacífico envuelto en misterio que, hace unos años, descubrió el capitán Cook. La joven esposa del reverendo Stone siente que todo lo que ve hiere su sensibilidad: las humildes chozas a la sombra de las palmeras, la actitud desinhibida de las nativas, las abominables costumbres y los ritos paganos. 

Con el paso de los meses, sin embargo, sus impresiones iniciales experimentan un vuelco gracias a la amistad que entabla con la sanadora Pua y con el capitán Mackenzie Farrow. El creciente deseo de mejorar la vida de los isleños sin condenar sus tradiciones y creencias a la desaparición convertirán a Emily en una mujer nueva. Su valentía y viaje emocional darán origen a una saga familiar estrechamente ligada a la vibrante historia de Hawái a lo largo del siglo XIX. 

Una historia cautivadora sobre la vida sencilla de los habitantes de una isla paradisíaca en tiempos convulsos. La aventura personal de dos mujeres inolvidables que dejaron atrás su vida y sus creencias para abrazar un futuro distinto. 

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Antonia

El día de Reyes de 1930 nacio Antonia en la castiza calle del Águila de Madrid. La Juana tenía casi cuarenta años cuando trajo al mundo a su primera y única hija, una criatura tan rolliza como las coliflores que despachaba en el mercado de Santa Isabel.

Así llego al mundo la protagonista de esta novela, la primera que ha escrito Nieves Concostrina y en la que ―con su habitual humor y su ingenio para recrear situaciones reales que en la mayoría de los casos superan cualquier ficcion― hace un justo homenaje a la generacion que sobrevivio a la guerra y la posguerra entre la picaresca, la miseria y los trapicheos. Antonia es una más de los cientos de miles de españoles que no conocieron el bienestar hasta los años sesenta; héroes y heroínas anonimos que se dejaron la piel para que sus hijos no sufrieran su misma historia.

Esta es la vida de una mujer que paso de tener la calle como única escuela a jugar en Bolsa a los setenta años.

(source: Bol.com)

El día de Reyes de 1930 nacio Antonia en la castiza calle del Águila de Madrid. La Juana tenía casi cuarenta años cuando trajo al mundo a su primera y única hija, una criatura tan rolliza como las coliflores que despachaba en el mercado de Santa Isabel.

Así llego al mundo la protagonista de esta novela, la primera que ha escrito Nieves Concostrina y en la que ―con su habitual humor y su ingenio para recrear situaciones reales que en la mayoría de los casos superan cualquier ficcion― hace un justo homenaje a la generacion que sobrevivio a la guerra y la posguerra entre la picaresca, la miseria y los trapicheos. Antonia es una más de los cientos de miles de españoles que no conocieron el bienestar hasta los años sesenta; héroes y heroínas anonimos que se dejaron la piel para que sus hijos no sufrieran su misma historia.

Esta es la vida de una mujer que paso de tener la calle como única escuela a jugar en Bolsa a los setenta años.

(source: Bol.com)

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Ángel de Amor

Cuando todo parece perdido, cuando en tu corazón sólo ves pena, incomprensión, soledad… Cuando has sido injustamente encerrada en el peor sitio del mundo y crees que nadie se acuerda de ti… Aparece alguien que le da un vuelco a tu vida y que te hace ver que la felicidad puede estar a la vuelta de la esquina, alguien que te hace ver que todo lo malo que te ha pasado no ha sido más que una pequeña pesadilla que acaba de terminar.
Lydia ha podido escapar en el último momento de un destino fatal. Defendiéndose con uñas y dientes en la Torre de los Suicidas, ha estado a punto de perder la vida injustamente mientras todo le había salido mal hasta el momento. Pero siempre hay una luz para la esperanza. No ha sido la suerte, ni la casualidad…
Se dice que todos tenemos un ángel de la guarda… y en esta ocasión ella fue salvada por el suyo, Ángelo, un ángel de amor.

Cuando todo parece perdido, cuando en tu corazón sólo ves pena, incomprensión, soledad… Cuando has sido injustamente encerrada en el peor sitio del mundo y crees que nadie se acuerda de ti… Aparece alguien que le da un vuelco a tu vida y que te hace ver que la felicidad puede estar a la vuelta de la esquina, alguien que te hace ver que todo lo malo que te ha pasado no ha sido más que una pequeña pesadilla que acaba de terminar.
Lydia ha podido escapar en el último momento de un destino fatal. Defendiéndose con uñas y dientes en la Torre de los Suicidas, ha estado a punto de perder la vida injustamente mientras todo le había salido mal hasta el momento. Pero siempre hay una luz para la esperanza. No ha sido la suerte, ni la casualidad…
Se dice que todos tenemos un ángel de la guarda… y en esta ocasión ella fue salvada por el suyo, Ángelo, un ángel de amor.

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El amor es un bocado de nata

Un encantador restaurante en la campiña toscana. Una mujer con pasion por la cocina. El menú perfecto para enamorarse.

Si hay algo que hace feliz a Margherita, aun en los días más tristes, es cocinar. Incluso ahora que ha tomado la dolorosa decision de abandonar a su infiel marido, coger su maleta, a su perro y a sus dos gatos y volver a Roccafitta, el pueblo de sus padres en la Toscana. Allí, entre las colinas, Margherita sueña con reabrir el restaurante de su madre, un lugar maravilloso, como los platos que ella inventaba.

Pero incluso en ese rincon del paraíso algo está cambiando… un hombre ha llegado al pueblo con la intencion de comprar los viñedos de los campesinos para producir vino industrial y ganar dinero a manos llenas. Se llama Nicola Ravelli y es un empresario arrogante del que nadie en el pueblo puede dejar de hablar… sobre todo las mujeres. Un engreído fascinante e insoportable. Pero ¿pudiera ser que Nicola no fuera así de insoportable ni malintencionado?

En la cocina de Margherita algo muy dulce y muy picante está a punto de suceder… algo que encenderá su corazon, sus sentidos y su imaginacion.

Como apéndice a la novela se incluye El recetario de Margherita, una deliciosa seleccion de platos para llegar al corazon. El resto de los platos están recogidos en el librito El amor es… un libro de recetas, disponible para su descarga gratuita en edicion digital.

(source: Bol.com)

Un encantador restaurante en la campiña toscana. Una mujer con pasion por la cocina. El menú perfecto para enamorarse.

Si hay algo que hace feliz a Margherita, aun en los días más tristes, es cocinar. Incluso ahora que ha tomado la dolorosa decision de abandonar a su infiel marido, coger su maleta, a su perro y a sus dos gatos y volver a Roccafitta, el pueblo de sus padres en la Toscana. Allí, entre las colinas, Margherita sueña con reabrir el restaurante de su madre, un lugar maravilloso, como los platos que ella inventaba.

Pero incluso en ese rincon del paraíso algo está cambiando… un hombre ha llegado al pueblo con la intencion de comprar los viñedos de los campesinos para producir vino industrial y ganar dinero a manos llenas. Se llama Nicola Ravelli y es un empresario arrogante del que nadie en el pueblo puede dejar de hablar… sobre todo las mujeres. Un engreído fascinante e insoportable. Pero ¿pudiera ser que Nicola no fuera así de insoportable ni malintencionado?

En la cocina de Margherita algo muy dulce y muy picante está a punto de suceder… algo que encenderá su corazon, sus sentidos y su imaginacion.

Como apéndice a la novela se incluye El recetario de Margherita, una deliciosa seleccion de platos para llegar al corazon. El resto de los platos están recogidos en el librito El amor es… un libro de recetas, disponible para su descarga gratuita en edicion digital.

(source: Bol.com)

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Amado mío

Es verano en Marzins, un pueblo en Italia. La verbena está muy animada y los jóvenes bailan, compran cigarrillos y se escabullen hacia el bosque. Entre ellos se encuentra Desiderio, el protagonista de *Amado mío*. En medio de la fiesta ha visto por primera vez a Benito y ha quedado aturdido por el repentino deseo que le provoca el joven. Este será el punto de partida de un largo verano de besos prohibidos, rechazos y reencuentros que los marcará sin remedio.
Las dos novelas breves que conforman este volumen, tan sensuales como sutiles, poseen la diáfana claridad del mejor Pasolini. De carácter claramente autobiográfico, permanecieron inéditas durante treinta años y solo fueron publicadas tras la muerte del autor. Son, sin duda, unas piezas esenciales para comprender la narrativa y la fi gura de uno de los mayores artistas de nuestro tiempo.
**«Siento la necesidad de decir algo al lector antes de que comience a leer. Pero ¿qué decirle? […] He arriesgado mucho al escribir Actos impuros y Amado mío […]; supongo incluso que algunos, si yo dijese el nombre del pecado… tal vez no leerían siquiera la primera página del libro», Pier Paolo Pasolini.**
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Es verano en Marzins, un pueblo en Italia. La verbena está muy animada y los jóvenes bailan, compran cigarrillos y se escabullen hacia el bosque. Entre ellos se encuentra Desiderio, el protagonista de *Amado mío*. En medio de la fiesta ha visto por primera vez a Benito y ha quedado aturdido por el repentino deseo que le provoca el joven. Este será el punto de partida de un largo verano de besos prohibidos, rechazos y reencuentros que los marcará sin remedio.
Las dos novelas breves que conforman este volumen, tan sensuales como sutiles, poseen la diáfana claridad del mejor Pasolini. De carácter claramente autobiográfico, permanecieron inéditas durante treinta años y solo fueron publicadas tras la muerte del autor. Son, sin duda, unas piezas esenciales para comprender la narrativa y la fi gura de uno de los mayores artistas de nuestro tiempo.
**«Siento la necesidad de decir algo al lector antes de que comience a leer. Pero ¿qué decirle? […] He arriesgado mucho al escribir Actos impuros y Amado mío […]; supongo incluso que algunos, si yo dijese el nombre del pecado… tal vez no leerían siquiera la primera página del libro», Pier Paolo Pasolini.**
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Alianzas

Érase una vez un apuesto príncipe…
Érase una vez dos valientes princesas…
Érase una vez un enigmático trovador…
Érase una vez la guerra que unió sus destinos para siempre.
Bienvenidos a Faesia, una tierra donde los cuentos de hadas no son lo que parecen y los secretos se esconden tras la luna llena.

Érase una vez un apuesto príncipe…
Érase una vez dos valientes princesas…
Érase una vez un enigmático trovador…
Érase una vez la guerra que unió sus destinos para siempre.
Bienvenidos a Faesia, una tierra donde los cuentos de hadas no son lo que parecen y los secretos se esconden tras la luna llena.

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism by Jeremy Rifkin
In *The Zero Marginal Cost Society,* *New York Times* bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism.
Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now taking it to its death—the inherent entrepreneurial dynamism of competitive markets that drives productivity up and marginal costs down, enabling businesses to reduce the price of their goods and services in order to win over consumers and market share. (Marginal cost is the cost of producing additional units of a good or service, if fixed costs are not counted.) While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services priceless, nearly free, and abundant, and no longer subject to market forces.
Now, a formidable new technology infrastructure—the Internet of things (IoT)—is emerging with the potential of pushing large segments of economic life to near zero marginal cost in the years ahead. Rifkin describes how the Communication Internet is converging with a nascent Energy Internet and Logistics Internet to create a new technology platform that connects everything and everyone. Billions of sensors are being attached to natural resources, production lines, the electricity grid, logistics networks, recycling flows, and implanted in homes, offices, stores, vehicles, and even human beings, feeding Big Data into an IoT global neural network. P*rosumers* can connect to the network and use Big Data, analytics, and algorithms to accelerate efficiency, dramatically increase productivity, and lower the marginal cost of producing and sharing a wide range of products and services to near zero, just like they now do with information goods.
The plummeting of marginal costs is spawning a hybrid economy—part capitalist market and part Collaborative Commons—with far reaching implications for society, according to Rifkin. Hundreds of millions of people are already transferring parts of their economic lives to the global Collaborative Commons. Prosumers are plugging into the fledgling IoT and making and sharing their own information, entertainment, green energy, and 3D-printed products at near zero marginal cost. They are also sharing cars, homes, clothes and other items via social media sites, rentals, redistribution clubs, and cooperatives at low or near zero marginal cost. Students are enrolling in free massive open online courses (MOOCs) that operate at near zero marginal cost. Social entrepreneurs are even bypassing the banking establishment and using crowdfunding to finance startup businesses as well as creating alternative currencies in the fledgling sharing economy. In this new world, social capital is as important as financial capital, access trumps ownership, sustainability supersedes consumerism, cooperation ousts competition, and “exchange value” in the capitalist marketplace is increasingly replaced by “sharable value” on the Collaborative Commons.
Rifkin concludes that capitalism will remain with us, albeit in an increasingly streamlined role, primarily as an aggregator of network services and solutions, allowing it to flourish as a powerful niche player in the coming era. We are, however, says Rifkin, entering a world beyond markets where we are learning how to live together in an increasingly interdependent global Collaborative Commons.

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism by Jeremy Rifkin
In *The Zero Marginal Cost Society,* *New York Times* bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism.
Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now taking it to its death—the inherent entrepreneurial dynamism of competitive markets that drives productivity up and marginal costs down, enabling businesses to reduce the price of their goods and services in order to win over consumers and market share. (Marginal cost is the cost of producing additional units of a good or service, if fixed costs are not counted.) While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services priceless, nearly free, and abundant, and no longer subject to market forces.
Now, a formidable new technology infrastructure—the Internet of things (IoT)—is emerging with the potential of pushing large segments of economic life to near zero marginal cost in the years ahead. Rifkin describes how the Communication Internet is converging with a nascent Energy Internet and Logistics Internet to create a new technology platform that connects everything and everyone. Billions of sensors are being attached to natural resources, production lines, the electricity grid, logistics networks, recycling flows, and implanted in homes, offices, stores, vehicles, and even human beings, feeding Big Data into an IoT global neural network. P*rosumers* can connect to the network and use Big Data, analytics, and algorithms to accelerate efficiency, dramatically increase productivity, and lower the marginal cost of producing and sharing a wide range of products and services to near zero, just like they now do with information goods.
The plummeting of marginal costs is spawning a hybrid economy—part capitalist market and part Collaborative Commons—with far reaching implications for society, according to Rifkin. Hundreds of millions of people are already transferring parts of their economic lives to the global Collaborative Commons. Prosumers are plugging into the fledgling IoT and making and sharing their own information, entertainment, green energy, and 3D-printed products at near zero marginal cost. They are also sharing cars, homes, clothes and other items via social media sites, rentals, redistribution clubs, and cooperatives at low or near zero marginal cost. Students are enrolling in free massive open online courses (MOOCs) that operate at near zero marginal cost. Social entrepreneurs are even bypassing the banking establishment and using crowdfunding to finance startup businesses as well as creating alternative currencies in the fledgling sharing economy. In this new world, social capital is as important as financial capital, access trumps ownership, sustainability supersedes consumerism, cooperation ousts competition, and “exchange value” in the capitalist marketplace is increasingly replaced by “sharable value” on the Collaborative Commons.
Rifkin concludes that capitalism will remain with us, albeit in an increasingly streamlined role, primarily as an aggregator of network services and solutions, allowing it to flourish as a powerful niche player in the coming era. We are, however, says Rifkin, entering a world beyond markets where we are learning how to live together in an increasingly interdependent global Collaborative Commons.

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Your Brain on Porn

**Revised and updated in December 2017.**
When high speed internet became widely available a few years ago, growing numbers of people began to worry that their porn use was running out of control. Far from preparing them for fulfilling relationships, viewing an endless stream of porn videos led to unexpected symptoms. Perhaps most surprisingly, for the first time in history erectile dysfunction was becoming a significant problem for young men. This led to one of the largest informal experiments in the history of science. Tens of thousands of people have tried abstaining from sexually stimulating material in a process they call ‘rebooting’. Many of them reported startling changes, from improved concentration and elevated mood to a greater capacity for real-life intimacy.
Gary Wilson has listened to the stories of those who have tried giving up internet porn and related them to an account of how the reward system of the brain interacts with its environment. And now a growing body of research in neuroscience is confirming what these pioneers have discovered for themselves – internet pornography can be seriously addictive and damaging.
In Your Brain on Porn Wilson provides a concise introduction to the phenomenon of internet porn addiction that draws on both first-person accounts and the findings of cognitive neuroscience. In a voice that is generous and humane, he also offers advice for those who want to stop using internet pornography. The publication of Your Brain on Porn is a landmark in our attempts to understand, and remain balanced in, a world where addiction is big business.
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**Revised and updated in December 2017.**
When high speed internet became widely available a few years ago, growing numbers of people began to worry that their porn use was running out of control. Far from preparing them for fulfilling relationships, viewing an endless stream of porn videos led to unexpected symptoms. Perhaps most surprisingly, for the first time in history erectile dysfunction was becoming a significant problem for young men. This led to one of the largest informal experiments in the history of science. Tens of thousands of people have tried abstaining from sexually stimulating material in a process they call ‘rebooting’. Many of them reported startling changes, from improved concentration and elevated mood to a greater capacity for real-life intimacy.
Gary Wilson has listened to the stories of those who have tried giving up internet porn and related them to an account of how the reward system of the brain interacts with its environment. And now a growing body of research in neuroscience is confirming what these pioneers have discovered for themselves – internet pornography can be seriously addictive and damaging.
In Your Brain on Porn Wilson provides a concise introduction to the phenomenon of internet porn addiction that draws on both first-person accounts and the findings of cognitive neuroscience. In a voice that is generous and humane, he also offers advice for those who want to stop using internet pornography. The publication of Your Brain on Porn is a landmark in our attempts to understand, and remain balanced in, a world where addiction is big business.
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Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits

**Becoming a young Wall Street banker is like pledging the world’s most lucrative and soul-crushing fraternity. **
Every year, thousands of eager college graduates are hired by the world’s financial giants, where they’re taught the secrets of making obscene amounts of money– as well as how to dress, talk, date, drink, and schmooze like real financiers.** ** **
YOUNG MONEY is the inside story of this well-guarded world. Kevin Roose, *New York* magazine business writer and author of the critically acclaimed *The Unlikely Disciple*, spent more than three years shadowing eight entry-level workers at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and other leading investment firms. Roose chronicled their triumphs and disappointments, their million-dollar trades and runaway Excel spreadsheets, and got an unprecedented (and unauthorized) glimpse of the financial world’s initiation process.
Roose’s young bankers are exposed to the exhausting workloads, huge bonuses, and recreational drugs that have always characterized Wall Street life. But they experience something new, too: an industry forever changed by the massive financial collapse of 2008. And as they get their Wall Street educations, they face hard questions about morality, prestige, and the value of their work.
YOUNG MONEY is more than an exposé of excess; it’s the story of how the financial crisis changed a generation-and remade Wall Street from the bottom up.

**Becoming a young Wall Street banker is like pledging the world’s most lucrative and soul-crushing fraternity. **
Every year, thousands of eager college graduates are hired by the world’s financial giants, where they’re taught the secrets of making obscene amounts of money– as well as how to dress, talk, date, drink, and schmooze like real financiers.** ** **
YOUNG MONEY is the inside story of this well-guarded world. Kevin Roose, *New York* magazine business writer and author of the critically acclaimed *The Unlikely Disciple*, spent more than three years shadowing eight entry-level workers at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and other leading investment firms. Roose chronicled their triumphs and disappointments, their million-dollar trades and runaway Excel spreadsheets, and got an unprecedented (and unauthorized) glimpse of the financial world’s initiation process.
Roose’s young bankers are exposed to the exhausting workloads, huge bonuses, and recreational drugs that have always characterized Wall Street life. But they experience something new, too: an industry forever changed by the massive financial collapse of 2008. And as they get their Wall Street educations, they face hard questions about morality, prestige, and the value of their work.
YOUNG MONEY is more than an exposé of excess; it’s the story of how the financial crisis changed a generation-and remade Wall Street from the bottom up.

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You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty

**A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author of Insane City.**

In his New York Times**-**bestselling I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.
In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating-February 24, 2040-I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”).
Let’s face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. Thank goodness we have Dave Barry as our guide!

(source: Bol.com)

**A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author of Insane City.**

In his New York Times**-**bestselling I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.
In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating-February 24, 2040-I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”).
Let’s face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. Thank goodness we have Dave Barry as our guide!

(source: Bol.com)

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Xoxo

XOXO by Lucy Felthouse
XOXO contains six kinky erotic stories set around February the 14th. Whether you’re relaxing at home or celebrating with someone special this Valentine’s day, these provocative stories will certainly set the mood.
Girls’ Day Out – Lucy Felthouse
Best friends Adriana and Sarah are not happy. Their husbands, Joey and Brent, are away at an overnight conference on Valentine’s Day, and have packed their wives off to a spa for the day to make up for it. The girls would have preferred to spend the day with their husbands, but are determined to make the most of the unexpected treat. But it soon becomes apparent that things aren’t quite what they seem.
So Oft Beguiled – Nicole Gestalt
Feeling left behind by the world Cupid gets dragged into the 21st Century and introduced to the world of online dating.
Be My Valentine – White Knightro
A spicy yet romantic tale about a man loving his wife and putting her pleasures first.
Porn Interrupted – Victoria Blisse
Pete’s Valentine’s night of surfing for porn is interrupted by an unexpectedly sexy phone call.
Valentine – Vanessa de Sade
Valentine runs away to join the circus but finds a fulfilment she didn’t expect….
The Spoon – Rigel Madsong
A chance meeting, lunch and the magic of a spoon lead the way to romance.

XOXO by Lucy Felthouse
XOXO contains six kinky erotic stories set around February the 14th. Whether you’re relaxing at home or celebrating with someone special this Valentine’s day, these provocative stories will certainly set the mood.
Girls’ Day Out – Lucy Felthouse
Best friends Adriana and Sarah are not happy. Their husbands, Joey and Brent, are away at an overnight conference on Valentine’s Day, and have packed their wives off to a spa for the day to make up for it. The girls would have preferred to spend the day with their husbands, but are determined to make the most of the unexpected treat. But it soon becomes apparent that things aren’t quite what they seem.
So Oft Beguiled – Nicole Gestalt
Feeling left behind by the world Cupid gets dragged into the 21st Century and introduced to the world of online dating.
Be My Valentine – White Knightro
A spicy yet romantic tale about a man loving his wife and putting her pleasures first.
Porn Interrupted – Victoria Blisse
Pete’s Valentine’s night of surfing for porn is interrupted by an unexpectedly sexy phone call.
Valentine – Vanessa de Sade
Valentine runs away to join the circus but finds a fulfilment she didn’t expect….
The Spoon – Rigel Madsong
A chance meeting, lunch and the magic of a spoon lead the way to romance.

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Wyrd Sisters

Witches are not by nature gregarious, and they certainly don’t have leaders. Granny Weatherwax was the most highly regarded of the leaders they didn’t have. But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more difficult than certain …

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Witches are not by nature gregarious, and they certainly don’t have leaders. Granny Weatherwax was the most highly regarded of the leaders they didn’t have. But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more difficult than certain …

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The World of Ice & Fire

If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork-the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time-warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire. This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. Garcia, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org-perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator. Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers.
It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the ”present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice and Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork-the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time-warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE.
This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s GAME OF THRONES. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org-perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.
Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the ”present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens.
The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.
**Recensie(s)**

Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, George R.R. Martin is by far the best’ Time Magazine Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world … one of the greats of fantasy literature’ SFX The sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads … Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias’ Guardian
(source: Bol.com)

If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork-the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time-warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire. This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. Garcia, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org-perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator. Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers.
It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the ”present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice and Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork-the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time-warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE.
This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s GAME OF THRONES. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org-perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.
Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the ”present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens.
The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.
**Recensie(s)**

Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, George R.R. Martin is by far the best’ Time Magazine Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world … one of the greats of fantasy literature’ SFX The sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads … Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias’ Guardian
(source: Bol.com)

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Words of Radiance

Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive sequence began in 2010 with the *New York Times* bestseller *The Way of Kings*. Now, the eagerly anticipated *Words of Radiance* continues the epic story and answers many of your questions.
Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi.
Now the Assassin is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin’s master has much deeper motives.
Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status “darkeyes.” Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.
Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.
Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.
The doors of the Stormlight Archive first opened to us with *The Way of Kings*. Read that book – now available in all formats – and then *Words of Radiance* , and you can be part of the adventure every dazzling step of the way.
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Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive sequence began in 2010 with the *New York Times* bestseller *The Way of Kings*. Now, the eagerly anticipated *Words of Radiance* continues the epic story and answers many of your questions.
Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi.
Now the Assassin is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin’s master has much deeper motives.
Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status “darkeyes.” Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.
Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.
Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.
The doors of the Stormlight Archive first opened to us with *The Way of Kings*. Read that book – now available in all formats – and then *Words of Radiance* , and you can be part of the adventure every dazzling step of the way.
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